God is Good!

 

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To is about encouraging those who may be going through.

My God is an awesome God. 

God can do anything but fail. Whatever you stand in need of today, God is greater than any problem, situation or hardship. It doesn’t matter what you are struggling with or going through, God can and will meet your need.

Go before God and ask what you will because he is a healer and deliverer.

Rejoice today knowing there is nothing too hard for God.

 

NMB! is built with tears, pain, loss, bruises and frustration but stands firm on the promises and foundation of Jesus Christ.

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Thankful for the Doubts

Have you ever stopped and thanked those who talked about you or did their best to discourage you?

Sounds like a crazy notion I know, but I’m stronger today because of the negativity. If they said I couldn’t do it, it was up to me to prove them wrong. I’m stronger because I’m more determined than ever to rise above the doubts and discouragement of others.

Don’t despise them or their words. Instead, today, take a moment to thank those who attempted to speak death over your life. They accomplished God’s plan to refine you and make you stronger. spw

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Love Shouldn’t Hurt

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On Monday I have the privilege of bringing No More Bandages! classes to CHOICES Eliminating Domestic Violence Shelter.

Although I did not utilize their services, the interaction I’ve had with them in these last few months have been eye opening.

I want to focus on these women. Their strength is amazing even if they don’t quite see it yet. They are much stronger than we give them credit.

Of course I could easily spout out statistics such as:

  • Every 15 second seconds a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend.
  • Between 25-45% of all battered women are abused during pregnancy
  • Only 25% of women assaulted by their partners escape after the first assault.
  • Between 2.1 and 8 million women are abused by their partners annually.  

 But let’s look at it from the woman’s point of view.

 Why do women stay? Here are a few:

  •  Fear – the most common and understandable reason to stay
  • Hope – hope that the abuser will change
  • Responsibility – society places responsibility of marriage and family on the woman and she may feel responsible for the failure of the relationship.
  • Economics – Don’t have the financial means to care for themselves.

And even if these women are able to get out of these relationships it is said that the next two years of their lives are the most dangerous. Some men would rather kill their wives then allow them to leave.

Domestic violence is not love, its control.

If you are in a violent situation, decide to take the first step to talk to someone. Decide to call CHOICES just to talk.

If you know someone, love them, encourage them, and give them the resources they need. Above all, remind them over and over again that it’s not their fault.  

You can’t force anyone but you can help and be there. It’s not easy but you will be glad you did.

CHOICES -24 Hour Crisis & Information Hotline. (614) 224-HOME [4663]

Below is a song I love and it speaks to me every time I watch the video. We have to find encouragement from wherever we can. I pray it encourages you also. At some point we all have to find our “strength in the struggle.”

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Perseverance is the Key

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The last 4 Saturdays I’ve been in training to learn how to assist and advocate for all types of victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and intimate partner violence. These classes were 8:30 to 5:30 every Saturday.

If anyone knows me, they know how much I love my Saturdays. It’s a time for me to eat a big breakfast and veg out on the couch. I take time to relax after a long week. So for me to get up early on a Saturday morning was the exact opposite of what I would prefer to do. I had to roll out the bed and drive half an hour and sit all day in training.

Some days were hard, as the topics discussed hit home like a ton of bricks. It reminded it of my past and caused me to reflect on memories I keep trying to forget.

But I know if this was my calling and my life, I had to keep going. And you know what, I persevered.

You can accomplish anything you desire but it takes perseverance and determination. You have to put your own feelings aside no matter how uncomfortable it may be. Yeah I had an attitude when the alarm went off on a Saturday morning but what was the alternative? Blow off the class, lounge around the house all day and never accomplish my goal? No, I don’t think so.

My motto is No Retreat, No Surrender. I won’t give up. Now is not the time to give up on your dreams. If they are important to you then you can’t let it go. You can do anything you set your mind to. No one is going to care about your dreams and goals more than you so if you give up, then what…

I encourage you to follow your dreams.

NO the path is not easy.
YES you will get discouraged.
BUT don’t give up.

NMB! is built with tears, pain, loss, bruises and frustration but stands firm on the promises and foundation of Jesus Christ.

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Encouraging ME in 2014!

Encouraging ME in 2014!

No More Resolutions! Just decision to strengthen my walk.

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Make 2014 the best year yet!

ImageYesterday I had the opportunity to speak at my church for women’s day.

The subject was “how much power do you give your yesterday?”

The message was for me just as much as it was for those who were there.

As we are but mere hours away from going into 2014, what baggage might you carry into 2014? What does your yesterday hold that may keep you from walking freely into the New Year?

Good or bad, your yesterday can keep you stuck and bound instead of being present in today.

Unfortunately there are some who become so traumatized by their yesterday that they can no longer function.

I’ve learned that just because you are freely going about your day to day activities, it doesn’t mean you are actually moving forward.

Ask yourself…

  • Does my yesterday keep me from moving forward and being happy?
  • Do I dwell too much on yesterday?
  • Am I moving forward or am I really stuck in the past?
  • Am I able to let go of what’s holding me back?
  • Did you answer yes to any of those?

Below are some thoughts to assist in your “letting go” process…

  • Good or bad, don’t allow your yesterday to take control of your today.
  • Turn your pain into power.
  • Forgive and Forget – Forget doesn’t mean to forget memories but it means to “let go of” and move forward.
  • Stop wallowing in yesterday; it’s time to move forward.
  • You can run and move forward so much faster when you are lighter.

It may be a daily struggle for you at times but trust me, you can let go and move on.

Get ready to take 2014 by storm. Get all you deserve. Go into 2014 with a new attitude, a new peace and plenty of joy and happiness. You deserve it!

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:13-14

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It Spite of What it Looks Like

ImageIt’s been engrained in us that seeing is believing. If we can’t see it with our own eyes then we believe it less. We want corroborating evidence that something is factual and true. We trust what our eyes tell us and nothing more.

But as we grow in Christ we learn that there is a powerful spiritual vision that we must utilize. This spiritual vision encourages us and helps us to make it another day. If we only believed what we saw we would have given up a long time ago.

The term “in spite of” is used to say that “THE something bad occurring in your life will not strongly influence you.”  In spite of what you see, you know there is a greater plan at work here. In spite of what you know, you feel God’s presence and know he is right there with you. You believe and see that everything will be okay.

One of my favorite sayings between me and God is “Lord I thank you for using me in spite of me.” I don’t always make the right decisions but he uses me anyway. In spite of what I look like and where I fall short, I’m perfect in him. Therefore, I can actually look in the mirror and say I’m perfect, see it and mean it.

What’s unfortunate is there are people or things around us that can hinder our vision. They co-sign what we see instead of helping us see with our spiritual eyes.

So why is it so easy to only believe what we see?

Well basically because we see it. HA! Yes I know that’s very elementary but it’s the truth. We have been trusting our eyes this long so it’s hard to stop now.

How can you focus yourself to see what’s not seen?

Hebrews 11:1 says, “NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”

I’ve learned that sometimes you have to close your eyes in order to see.

Close them in prayer, meditation and worship. Then you begin to see clearly.

What can you do to see those things that we know we should see but can’t?

Focus on the bigger picture and not just the facts that are surrounding you.

Believe in the God who has everything in control.

Stand on the faith that God has given you. Even if it’s a mustard seed, that’s all you need. That small seed will move mountains.

Trust God’s word in your life. My absolute favorite scripture is Proverb 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  

Even when I can’t see the path I must trust that it is always there.

Look at this scripture below:

2 Corinthians 4:8-9, We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

Even though you are going through different trials, you are not crushed or in despair. Why? Because we see with our spiritual vision that God is in control.

We see prosperity.

We see breakthrough.

We see victory.

Even if the walls are crumbling around us, we see God in the midst. I’m also learning to have that spiritual vision for my children as well. At times I see their choices and circumstance but I see God’s hand on them so I don’t worry as much. I see (spiritually) what God is doing so I rejoice instead of worrying.

We must not allow the optical illusions in our lives to become our reality.

  • God is an “in spite of” God.
  • We must work to see how he sees, accept how he accepts.

WHAT’S YOUR “IN SPITE OF” MOMENT?

What happened or is happening but you already see and know that God is/has worked it out?

My moment focuses on the past when I was a single mom with three boys. I was constantly told I would never find someone who would love me with three kids. I started to believe it, but all the while God was preparing me to meet my husband. He took my boys as his own and raised them. We’ve been married for 8 years and still going strong.

Comment below to share your “in spite of” moment. It just might encourage someone to put on their spiritual glasses. You’re blessed!

NMB! is built with tears, pain, loss, bruises and frustration but stands firm on the promises and foundation of Jesus Christ.

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